Wednesday, June 04, 2003
interpolate transitive verb [in-TUR-puh-layt] To alter or corrupt (as a book or text) by the insertion of new or foreign matter.
Definitions for interpolate
- To alter or corrupt (as a book or text) by the insertion of new or foreign matter.
- To insert (material) into a text or conversation.
- To insert between other elements or parts.
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Citations for interpolate
Twenty years earlier, Rodgers was not so pleased when, at the request of the star Belle Baker, Berlin had written a song for her to interpolate into an otherwise all-Rodgers-and-Hart score for the Broadway musical "Betsy."
The staging is by Peter Konwitschny, one of Germany's most progressive directors, and the controversy derives from his decision to interpolate an on-stage disruption that breaks the score at a crucial moment and leads to an additional scene of dialogue.
Origin of interpolate
Interpolate comes from the past participle of Latin interpolare, "to polish up, to furbish, to vamp up; hence to falsify," from inter-, "between" + polire, "to polish."